Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Secret casino agreement kept from public

Sean Nicholls Key documents relating to the lucrative casino licence awarded to billionaire James Packer at Barangaroo have been stamped secret by the NSW gambling regulator, which argues their commercial...

Expel MPs who break donations laws, says legal expert

Professor George Williams, director of public law at the University of NSW.

Sean Nicholls Politicians caught seriously breaching political donations laws should be automatically expelled from the Parliament, a leading constitutional law expert has told review of NSW election funding.

Libs ponder $1.7m cap on private donations for 2015 NSW election

Mike Baird is looking at an overhaul of how the 2015 election will be funded.

Sean Nicholls NSW Premier Mike Baird is considering a radical overhaul of how the 2015 state election will be funded, including cracking down on the amount of private donations.

Now the NSW Liberals' worry is not mathematics, it's geography

Bart Bassett

Sean Nicholls The NSW Liberal Party's casualty ward - otherwise known as the crossbench of the NSW Parliament - is filling up fast.

Bid for booze on Manly ferries knocked back

No alcohol for Manly ferry passengers.

Sean Nicholls A proposal to sell alcohol on Manly Ferries has been knocked back by the NSW liquor licensing authority which ruled granting a licence could be detrimental to the community.

Cannabis can help the pain but not any time soon

medicinal marijuana crop.

Julia Medew, Dan Harrison and Sean Nicholls Pharmaceutical cannabis works for pain and nausea, but it may take ‘‘a significant length of time’’ to be sold for those purposes in Australia, if it is sold at all, Australia’s peak drug advisory...

Premier Mike Baird to force Liberals to sign do-or-die contracts on donations laws before poll

Mike Baird

Sean Nicholls Liberal MPs and candidates for next year's state election will be forced to sign contracts guaranteeing they will abide by donations laws or face disendorsement following damning evidence to the NSW...

Sports minister Stuart Ayres declares ownership in four racehorses

Co-owns racehorses: Sports Minister Stuart Ayres.

Sean Nicholls NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres declared an interest in four thoroughbred racehorses to Parliament days before he was due to be quizzed on his portfolio by a parliamentary committee.

Newcastle ALP councillors push for mayoral byelection to coincide with others

Former lord mayor of Newcastle, Jeff McCloy.

Sean Nicholls Labor is calling for the byelection to replace former Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy to be run by the NSW Electoral Commission and not by a private company, warning the latter option could cost...

Clive Palmer calls for candidates in Newcastle and Charlestown byelections

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer.

Sean Nicholls Clive Palmer's Palmer United Party has flagged interest in backing independent candidates to contest byelections in Newcastle and Charlestown following the resignation of the former Liberal MPs Tim...

Tony Abbott blames confusion over developer donation ban for Libs' ICAC woes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Sean Nicholls Tony Abbott has blamed confusion over the former NSW Labor government's ban on political donations from property developers for some of the Liberal party's woes at the Independent Commission Against...

Libs want voter trust back, but they're off to a bad start

Sean Nicholls dinkus

Sean Nicholls The voters of NSW didn't need another reason to distrust the Baird government, but on Sunday it handed them one.

Newcastle mayor Jeff McCloy quits before being pushed

Cash envelopes: Mr McCloy outside ICAC last week.

Sean Nicholls and Jason Gordon Controversial Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy has buckled to pressure and will resign from office after helping plunge the NSW government into crisis over allegations he made secret $10,000 payments...

Mike Baird: Newcastle mayor Jeff McCloy should resign or we'll remove him

Jeff McCloy

Sean Nicholls Premier Mike Baird has called on Newcastle mayor Jeff McCloy to "do the honourable thing and resign" or face being removed from office by the beginning of next month.

Treasurer Joe Hockey's chief electorate fund-raiser John Hart called before ICAC donations inquiry

Hockey

Sean Nicholls A key fund-raiser for federal Treasurer Joe Hockey's electorate has been called to give evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into alleged rorting of donations laws by the...

Inquiry recommends ban on poker machine transfers

Sean Nicholls Pubs and clubs in NSW should be banned from transferring poker machines between venues in different parts of Sydney and NSW to stamp out the practice of targeting poorer areas where gamblers lose...

Mike Baird forced to rule out taking illegal donations

Mike Baird

Sean Nicholls Premier Mike Baird has been forced to declare that he has ''never accepted an illegal donation'' after repeatedly failing to give the guarantee in Parliament, as another government MP moved to the...

NSW Premier Mike Baird looks to crowdsourcing to solve Sydney's traffic problems

Traffic

Sean Nicholls Solutions to Sydney's worst traffic congestion hot spots will be "crowdsourced" by the NSW government.

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Mike Baird faces two damaging byelections before March poll

NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont The Baird government faces a backlash in two tough byelections just a few months before its first reelection test after former Liberal MPs Andrew Cornwell and Tim Owen resigned from NSW parliament...

Mike Baird fails his first big leadership test

Sean Nicholls dinkus

Sean Nicholls Shortly after being installed as Premier by his partyroom in April, Mike Baird declared his primary mission was to "clean up" NSW politics and restore the electorate's faith in its state...